British Sports Hall of Fame 1929 – Douglas Clark, Douglas Lowe, Billy McCracken and Harry Mallin

My latest choices for the Hall of Fame are:

Douglas “Duggy” Clark (Rugby League) – a powerful forward who played in the “Rorke’s Drift” Test match of 1914, with a broken thumb and collar bone, when Great Britain held on to beat Australia despite being down to ten men. He played eleven times for Great Britain and in his club career played in five Championship Finals, scoring three tries in Huddersfield’s 1913 victory, and won three Challenge Cups.  The 1915 Huddersfield team won all four cups they competed in. He was also world heavyweight wrestling champion.

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Douglas Lowe (Athletics)

The first man to retain the Olympic 800m title after winning the 1924 and 1928 golds. On both occasions he set British records in winning gold. In 1926 he set a world best for 600 yards. He won the AA 440y and 880y titles in both 1927 and 1928 and had great success for Cambridge in the Varsity match.  In 1926 he was defeated by Germany’s Otto Peltzer in the AAA 880y championships but finished inside the old world record.

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Billy McCracken (Football) (pictured far right in the middle row)

A fine full-back who was noted for his pace. His ability to catch attackers offside using his pace contributed to the offside law being changed in 1925.  His international career for Northern Ireland lasted from 1902 to 1923 but he only played 15 times because of disputes with the authorities.  He won the Irish Cup in 1903 before moving to England  where he won the FA Cup in 1910 and the League title in 1907 and 1909 with Newcastle.  After his playing days he had a long managerial career.

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Harry Mallin (Boxing)

probably the greatest amateur boxer in British boxing history although he never turned professional.  He was undefeated in over 300 fights winning the Olympic middleweight title in 1920 and 1924.  This made him the first man ever to defend an Olympic boxing title.  He won the ABA title each year from 1919 to 1923 and later managed the British Olympic boxing team.

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